Fair Work First Statement

West Highland Housing Association is committed to the advancement of Fair Work First criteria. As an employer the Association cares about the well-being of staff and is committed to improving staff’s work-life balance. Consequently, the Association works with the staff team to put fair work practices at the heart of our workplace.

Our commitments include:


Having an appropriate channel for effective employee voice

· We work with Employers in Voluntary Housing (EVH) to utilise their collective bargaining which regulates salaries for our employees.

· We recognise trade unions and staff are made aware of their opportunity to become members

· We carry out regular staff surveys and communicate the results and proposed actions.


Investing in workforce development

· We invest in workforce development at all levels

· We fund further education courses for staff where appropriate.


Not using zero hours contracts inappropriately

· We have no zero-hour contracts in place


Taking action to tackle the gender pay gap and create a more diverse and inclusive workplace

· We are members of Employers in Voluntary Housing (EVH) and have adopted their terms and conditions and pay scales to ensure equality and transparency in relation to pay.

· We have reviewed and updated our Equality and Diversity Policies and Procedures


Commitment to paying the Real Living Wage

· We are an accredited Living Wage employer


Offering flexible and family friendly working practices for all staff from day one of employment

· We have a range of family friendly policies, including maternity leave, paternity leave, shared parental leave and adoption leave

· We have a flexible working policy

· We offer hybrid working for eligible employees


We oppose the use of fire and rehire practice

· We are committed to working with our employees and Trade Union representatives to ensure there is effective consultation and negotiation relating to change.

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